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flying buttress

noun

, Architecture.
  1. a segmental arch transmitting an outward and downward thrust to a solid buttress that through its inertia transforms the thrust into a vertical one.


flying buttress

noun

  1. a buttress supporting a wall or other structure by an arch or part of an arch that transmits the thrust outwards and downwards Also calledarc-boutant


flying buttress

  1. An external, arched support for the wall of a church or other building. Flying buttresses were used in many Gothic cathedrals (see also cathedral ); they enabled builders to put up very tall but comparatively thin stone walls, so that much of the wall space could be filled with stained-glass windows. The cathedrals of Chartres and Notre Dame de Paris were built with flying buttresses.


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Word History and Origins

Origin of flying buttress1

First recorded in 1660–70
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Example Sentences

The side aisles were covered by a quarter-barrel vaulting that serves the purpose of a continuous flying buttress.

Beyond, one traced the outlines of pinnacle and flying buttress, slanting roof and beautiful windows.

A, used for resisting the thrust of an arch, or for ornamentation; B, a flying buttress.

The Flying Buttress, every day and night, Continues in his long, unwearied flight.

Every support seemed an accidental and fantastic support; every buttress was a flying buttress.

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